Un­der­cover wheat bag too hot for com­fort

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

10 years ago Lucky escape as bag bursts into flames April 17, 2002 As she lay in her bed she was un­aware of the smoul­der­ing fire dan­ger be­neath the cov­ers.

Hilda Ma­travers heated her wheaty bag – for one minute in the mi­crowave, with a cup of wa­ter as per in­struc­tion – not know­ing that in 10 min­utes her at­ti­tudes to­wards the bag would change.

Af­ter it was heated, she then went back to bed and was nearly asleep when her boarder came in to check on her.

He could smell some­thing odd in the bed­room and woke up Mrs Ma­travers, a suf­ferer of Parkin­son’s Dis­ease and a re­cent hip re­place­ment pa­tient, and when the el­derly woman pulled back the blan­kets the wheaty bag burst into flames. ‘‘I could have burnt to death, I’m very lucky,’’ she said.

Mrs Ma­travers now preaches the dan­gers of wheaty bags, even when fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions, and wants oth­ers to be wary of us­ing them this win­ter. 25 years ago Bridge scene of bad ac­ci­dents Jan­uary 13, 1987 The Ngutuw­era Bridge on State High­way One, where five mem­bers of a Hast­ings fam­ily were in­jured in an ac­ci­dent on Sunday, has been the scene of two other se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents in six weeks.

On Sunday morn­ing a north­bound car ran off the road at the bridge and ended up in the river.

Marie Elers, a front seat pas­sen­ger in the car, was flown from Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal to Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal with a frac­tured spine. She is in a com­fort­able con­di­tion. The driver, a 36- year- old Hast­ings ship­ping man­ager Tony Elers and his three chil­dren re­ceived lac­er­a­tions and bruis­ing.

Toko­roa Po­lice who at­tended the ac­ci­dent north of Toko­roa are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing. They say that the car is a write-off. Sunday’s ac­ci­dent is the third at the site in six weeks.

In early De­cem­ber a south­bound truck tipped over at the bridge but no­body was in­jured. The bridge was the scene of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent two days be­fore Christ­mas when a 46-year-old Field­ing farm man­ager, Ter­rence John Weeks, was killed in a col­li­sion with a trailer. 50 years ago Hy­datid dos­ing Septem­ber 20, 1962 In the sec­ond round of hy­datid dos­ing this year, about the same num­ber had been treated as in 1961.

In 1961 there had been 22 true hy­datids whereas 1962 showed 27, said Mr J D Dowd, hy­datid control of­fi­cer to the Mata- mata County Coun­cil. The chair­man, Mr I K Wood, said there had been def­i­nite progress made.

He asked if any ‘‘clear’’ ar­eas could be es­tab­lished.

Mr Dowd replied that an area needed to have 300 dogs. Toko­roa had 400 dogs but in the last round there had been two cases of true hy­datids and this pre­vented a clear area be­ing de­clared.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Hilda Ma­travers shows the wheaty bag that could have claimed her life.

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